A weakened Kings Langley side crashed out of the FA Vase at the first hurdle as they were finally beaten for the first time in open play this season, seen off 3-1 by a Colney Heath side who took a three goal lead by half time and never looked in trouble.
With Joe Gallagher again playing deep, Kings carried little threat up front, but held Heath in check for the first 25 minutes.
But when Kieran Weekes cut in and shot from the right, the defensive frailties were revealed and Terry Caswell helped the ball over the line.
A very good turn and thumping shot from Dave Parkinson would have beaten any keeper for the second and when young stand-in keeper Josh Sear suffered a moment of indecision, Parkinson exploited it to put the game beyond reach in a disastrous 12 minutes.
A Ricardo Bailey lob over the bar with the keeper beaten was Kings’ sole first half response, but with the introduction of Kenny Adeshigbin at centre forward they at least made a game of the second half.
Consolation came towards the end as Colney keeper Tom Blackman made a hash of a clearance at the extreme left of his area and Gallagher swung the ball back into the middle for skipper Gary Connolly to head home while under pressure.
Even allowing for the loss of five first team regulars, it was a poor display and one that was best to get out of the system before next week’s FA Cup tie at Wealdstone.